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UNION — The Friends of Union Carnegie Public Library is selling solar eclipse glasses for $1 each during library hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. The library will also be selling the glasses at its book and bake sale during Union’s Grassroots Festival Aug. 12.
Schedule your appointment for senior center foot clinics
The Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., La Grande, is hosting foot clinics on Aug. 8 and 15. The cost is $15, $20 for diabetics. To schedule an appointment, call 541-963-7532.
Free sports physicals offered in Elgin
ELGIN — The Elgin Clinic is offering free sports physicals Aug. 10 for grades 4-12. Call 541-437-2273 to make an appointment. The new clinic is located at 570 N. Eighth Ave.
For more information go to www.grh.org.
July was warmer, drier than normal this year
According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at La Grande averaged much warmer than normal during the month of July. The average temperature was 74.6 degrees, 5.0 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 92.8 degrees, 7.4 degrees above normal. The highest was 101 degrees on the 7th. Low temperatures averaged 56.4 degrees, 2.6 degrees above normal. The lowest was 46 degrees on the 17th.
On 24 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. It was at least 100 degrees on one day.
Precipitation was 0.68 inches below normal in July. Precipitation this year has reached 11.26 inches, 1.24 inches above normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at La Grande has been 17.10 inches, 2.10 inches above normal.
The highest wind gust was 30 mph, which occurred on the 15th.
During the month of July, there were 19 lightning flashes detected in the vicinity of La Grande, according to Earth Networks.
The outlook for August calls for above normal temperatures and near to below normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande during August are 85.7 degrees and normal lows are 52.4 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is
Cattlemen will not meet in August
The Union County Cattlemen will not have a meeting in August. The next business meeting will be held Sept. 8 at the Ag Service Center in Island City. The meeting is open to the public.
LG School Board to discuss goals and protocol
The Board of Directors of the La Grande School District will meet for a special work session at 5 p.m. Aug. 9 in the superintendent’s office at 1305 Willow St. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss superintendent and board goals and communication protocol.
Regular school board meeting planned
The Board of Directors of the La Grande School District will hold a regular school board meeting at
7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the District Office Conference Room at 1305 Willow St.
Cookie walk supports senior meals
The Union County Senior Center is hosting a cookie walk at 11:15 a.m. Aug. 8 at 1504 N. Albany St.,
La Grande. Proceeds will benefit the center’s senior meal programs.
Imbler School District registration is next week
IMBLER — The Imbler School District registration for kindergarten through 12th grade will run from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9-10 in the high school foyer.
All new students need to bring current immunization records and birth certificates.
Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ Saturday
Members of the La Grande Fire Department will be collecting donations Saturday in the annual Fill the Boot campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular
dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility.
Firefighters will be out with boots in hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersection of N Avenue and Washington Avenue.
Funds raised through the 2017 La Grande Fill the Boot event empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits.
IC Cemetery district meets Tuesday
The Island City Cemetery Maintenance District will have a work session meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the cemetery office. The agenda includes discussing new burial rates and wages for maintenance and grave digging.
An executive session is also planned, which is required when considering the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent.
Two women save baby from hot car
BAKER CITY —Sydney Slobig found herself in the right place at the right time to offer comfort and aid again this summer.
On Monday night, Slobig and Karla Lowry responded to a 2-month-old baby’s cries coming from a van parked at Albertsons grocery store in Baker City.
The baby was left alone in the van for about 20 minutes while family members, who are from Ontario and Mountain Home, Idaho, shopped inside the store, Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said Wednesday.
Slobig and Lowry responded to the baby’s cries about 7:30 p.m. Temperatures at the time were in the low 80s.
The baby was checked out and, other than a slightly elevated body temperature, was OK, Lohner said.
The parents have not been charged with a crime at this time, Lohner said.